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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
At the Capitol, one can't walk far without seeing a likeness or other...
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Plenty to Be Thankful For

By Sarah Bublitz

Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.

The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
Decorative Painter Ben Roberts plies his trade by enhancing the beauty of the buildings on Capitol Hill.
August 31, 2012
Find out how AOC's painters use tricks of the trade to turn wood into marble and metal into wood.More »
State of the Union on January 24, 2012
February 8, 2013
Every winter, Congress has the honor of welcoming the President of the United States to the U.S. Capitol for the annual State of the Union Address. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the AOC's role in support this momentous event.More »
Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
September 28, 2012
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.More »
The Flanagan clock with marble columns in the background
October 2, 2014
In a world where everyone carries a cell phone and some carry more than one, people still check the historic clocks on the Capitol campus for the time of day.More »
Bill Burns, an Architect of the Capitol Woodcrafter Supervisor in the Planning and Project Management's Construction Division.
August 16, 2017
One person's small act of compassion can start a chain reaction of kindness.More »
Chugach National Forest in Alaska
October 28, 2015
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."More »
Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch employee.
May 5, 2015
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.More »
April 24, 2017
Being at the Capitol can be a family affair, literally!More »
Group photo of the Architect of the Capitol high-voltage electricians on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
July 26, 2017
Learn how the AOC's High-Voltage team keeps the campus running.More »
March 7, 2016
Architect of the Capitol employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.More »
L'Enfant’s vision for the City of Washington.
June 10, 2013
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.More »
The deburring tool used to remove sharp edges from sheet metal.
August 9, 2017
This small and seemingly simple tool reduces injuries by saving hands, which is why we give it two thumbs up as a cool tool.More »
AOC employee working on touching up columns in Statuary Hall
May 20, 2014
Next time you're in Statuary Hall on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the House Chamber, look closely.More »
Elliott Woods, 6th Architect of the Capitol
May 25, 2017
Described during his lifetime as hardworking and humble, our sixth Architect of the Capitol can be considered an American success story.More »
Photo from February 2015.
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.More »

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